An experienced police officer has urged a Comanchero gang nominee to turn his back on bikie life, warning it is only a matter of time before he upsets the wrong person and becomes a target.
But Acting Sergeant Daniel Vickers says he expects his advice will not register with Jaymie Leam Turner, who was jailed on Wednesday for offences including threatening to kill the officer.
Turner's latest offending took place in the early hours of July 19, after a wild nightclub brawl that included the stabbing death of Canberra Comanchero commander Pitasoni Ulavalu.
The 30-year-old was not present for the fight, but arrived outside Kokomo's in Civic as others tried in vain to revive his friend and employer.
He repeatedly tried to breach a police cordon; actions Magistrate Glenn Theakston said had served only to distract emergency services from their efforts to perform CPR.
Turner also screamed violent threats and swung an arm at police who were trying to keep him back, before pushing an officer in the chest.
A "random" member of the public then called out to Turner, who ran across the road and punched this man in the face while yelling, "Shut the f--- up, c---".
Turner sought to explain this by saying the man was shouting that Mr Ulavalu had got what he deserved.
He was arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House, where Acting Sergeant Vickers informed him that Mr Ulavalu had died.
Turner responded with a tirade, yelling: "F---en dog. I'm going to find your kids and your partner and I'm going to f--- them all up. I'm gonna wait outside the station and watch where you live, and I will f---en shoot you. F--- you. You have no idea what's going to happen to you, c---. No idea. F--- you. You think I give a f---."
The 30-year-old subsequently pleaded guilty to charges of affray and threatening to kill.
At Turner's sentencing in the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Acting Sergeant Vickers said the threats he was subjected to had caused significant disruptions for his family.
He told the court he knew from 23 years as a police officer what outlaw motorcycle gangs were capable of, and he therefore took the threats very seriously.
His family had become hypervigilant about things like locking doors, he said, while his children had lost a degree of their independence because the family's behaviours and home security set-up had changed.
Acting Sergeant Vickers said he expected Turner would not listen, but he urged the 30-year-old to renounce his gang ties.
The officer said his experience had taught him that gangsters often turned on their fellows with little hesitation and frightening consequences.
The court heard on Wednesday that Turner had been subject to a good behaviour order for a different affray when he committed these offences, and that he had been in custody since his arrest.
In sentencing, Mr Theakston acknowledged that Turner had been understandably upset about the death of his friend, but said this did not condone his "disproportionate response" to the circumstances.
The magistrate said the threats against Acting Sergeant Vickers were "deliberate and very, very focused", and that Turner had clearly intended to trigger fear.
Turner's words were "hardly fanciful", Mr Theakston said, having come in the context of the victim knowing that outlaw motorcycle gangs had been involved in shootings at Canberra homes.
Mr Theakston sentenced Turner to eight months in jail, with the sentence to be suspended once the gang nominee has spent four months behind bars.
With time already served on remand, Turner will be released from custody on November 18.
Mr Theakston also ordered that Turner must not associate with any outlaw motorcycle gang members for nine months once he leaves jail.